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How do you schedule delivery dates in Scrum?

I've run into a constant issue. When a project starts, the client typically has a list of functionalities to be built in to the application. As a team we would like to follow Scrum. But the next thing ...
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What is the typical ratio of PM/EM hours to “work” hours in a project?

What is the rule-of-thumb ratio of Project Manager/Engagement Manager time to overall project time (e.g. man-hours for work products) in a project? I'm especially interested in an answer within the ...
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Why use story points instead of hours for estimating?

After using hours to estimate our projects for a long time and rarely coming within 20% of actual "work-to-ship," I have been told by a handful of people that "points" work a lot better at gauging the ...
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How technical should a Project Manager be?

Consider a software project involving a bunch of developers of mixed experience. The PM has the delivery responsibility for the project, but undertakes this through the team members. When the ...
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What are the definitions and distinctions between Project x Program x Portfolio x Product Managers?

What are the definitions, distinctions and relationship between the following roles? Project lead Project Coordinator Project Manager Program Manager Portfolio Manager Product Manager (optional) ...
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Defect Found in Previous Iteration - Bug or New Work?

A previous answer stated that: On the other hand, if Feature Bar met the Definition of Done in a previous iteration, but bugs were later found after the feature was declared "done," then while you ...
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In scrum should incomplete stories be re-estimated or does the original estimate get burned down when it's finally completed?

If I have a story that's been estimated at 10 story points and we don't manage to complete it in a sprint how do you handle estimates for the sprint in which it's next included (assuming it gets ...
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Handling bugs in the Scrum process?

I have recently gone live with a big project. To meet a tight deadline some technical debt was accumulated but the true extent only became apparent after go live. As this is intended to be a ...
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What is the Project Management book that left the most impact on you?

If you could recommend a single book that made you a better PM, which one would it be?
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Is Scrum a status report meeting or a developer meeting?

I'm a developer and we started using Agile last year (October 2011). And, it has been rough to say the least. I was always taught Scrum was to discuss the following: What you did yesterday What you ...
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Why use both story points and hours?

I'm a new scrum master for a team that is using story point estimation and hours. We do story points first during grooming and then hours during planning. I always thought of story points as being ...
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In Scrum, how to estimate research stories?

In our Scrum team, when there is uncertainty about a story or the team is not sure about how to implement it, we take up a research story first. Based on the findings of this research story, we are ...
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Should velocity increase with time?

Some scrum masters are concerned with "bumping up" a team's velocity during a sprint, as if a higher velocity is better. But points are a relative measure of the work that a team needs to do for ...
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Why must we define a Sprint Goal for each Sprint?

As a Scrum Team, we are committed to deliver Product Backlog items per the Product Owner's priority. The team doesn't understand why we should define Sprint Goals. How does that help?
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How to estimate amount of work/man hours for an unfamiliar task?

Sooner or later we come across a task in our project, with which we are totally unfamiliar ('we' as in PM, but also possibly the staff assigned to do this particular task). How can we estimate ...
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Why can't the ScrumMaster and the project manager be the same person?

How a ScrumMaster does compare to a traditional project manager, and can either role coincide with the role of product manager or project sponsor / project owner?
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How to allow developers to get enough quality development time while keeping to support & maintenance obligations

I work for a small company of 6 multi-skilled developers where we have developed our own product which requires constant improvement but also maintenance and support, both for the current release from ...
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Project Management Software for a web development company [closed]

I have been doing freelancing with PHP, Ruby, and mostly open source frameworks for a long time. Now that I have a certain client base, they are giving me regular projects. I have decided to go in ...
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How should we plan work on support issues without a “battery”?

We are working on a very old project with a lot of legacy code. This means that we have around 3-5 unplanned issues every Sprint. We were handling that with "batteries": time set aside for ...
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Sprint Goal and Failure of a Sprint

My organisation is pushing for strictness on what they consider a Sprint Failure or not. They have decided that if there are any User Stories not fully completed (as per the DoD) at the end of the ...
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What is the weighting difference between Epic/Story/Task

I am slightly confused between the three. From my understanding: Epic - Create a web site (T shirt size) (L) Story - Create the Home page (1 point) Task - Create a button on the home page that is ...
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14answers
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When to Use Waterfall, When to Use Scrum ?

Where I lecture, I was always taught to use waterfall to manage projects, but when I finished college, waterfall wasn't the only method that can be used for project management, and I am very ...
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How to deal with unavoidable on-demand tasks in Scrum? Or should we even try?

I was put in charge of implementing Scrum in my Development Team. Unfortunately, the company I work with has a rather stale structure that does not go well with this framework. The team works on a ...
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What is kanban?

I'm curious as to what kanban is. I just learned about it seconds ago reviewing another question. (a) What is involved that would consider it Kanban? (b) Also how does it different from other ...
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Scrum, Agile, Kanban looking for 'for dummies' type of information [closed]

I'm sure I'm not alone in this. I have heard and read a lot of snippets of information about this topic and I've formed my own understanding - probably not the best way to assess the value or try to ...
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Career path in project management

I am a software engineer working in a CMMI level 5 company with around 2 years and 5 months of experience. I am fascinated towards project management and analysis, for this I want to get some ...
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Which Scrum certification provider is most widely recognized or accepted?

I am planning to go for Scrum Master certification, and while researching the certification providers, I could not clearly make up my mind about which one was most widely accepted. There are two ...
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Which skill set is necessary for a project manager?

I know that this question depends a lot in the environment the Project Manager works in, but still want to know on the average, which skill/skill set that need to be focused more than others. To name ...
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Can I apply for PMP without experiences in all processes? What are the requirements for obtaining these certifications?

I am planning to apply for the PMP. However, all my project experiences were time related (event planning). I had no projects where I managed a budget. Would it be better to obtain the CAPM first, ...
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Why does Pivotal Tracker discourage estimating points for bugs and chores?

Pivotal Tracker "strongly discourages" estimating velocity points for bugs and chores – you have to change a setting and accept a warning to be able to do it. They explain why here, but I just don't ...
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What are “Consumed Story Points” in Trello?

Some Scrum add-ons allow you to enter both estimated story points and consumed story points. What are consumed story points and how do you measure/estimate them?
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What to do when mid-sprint, you realize some stories won't be done?

On the seventh day of a two weeks Sprint, we realize that 20 percent of the stories cannot be completed. What is the best action to take? Is it possible/recommended to cancel the iteration on start ...
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How to differentiate old bugs from new bugs during a sprint?

In a sprint where we fix old bugs as well build new features, we will encounter 3 types of "bugs" in in a scrum board: Bugs introduced by current stories Bugs newly discovered during sprint but are ...
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What does a QA team do during the development phase of a sprint in Agile Scrum?

I understand that, in theory, QA should be working with dev "collaborating" right from the day 1 of a sprint. But how does it actually work in real life? Let me present two scenarios - Scenario 1 ...
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How to Avoid Micro-Managing a Software Development Team? [closed]

I've managed a few projects over the last few years, and one of the biggest challenges I face is avoiding becoming a micro-manager. I worked with a team once where I worked with a group of software ...
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How do I measure employee (software developer) performance based on bugs created?

I am trying to implement KPI for employees of my company. One of the KPI have listed is the quality of code, as measured by bugs created by developers. Now my problem is: I am planning to give 40 ...
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Managing scope creep in Agile

I often get asked this question in the interview, and no matter what I answer the interviewers do not seem to get satisfied. So, they start with asking how to manage scope creep in Project Management?...
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Should a PM also be a resource on the project? Why?

we have a small team of highly technical people and one of them is the project manager for the project. The person who is in PM role for this project is experienced and has previous project management ...
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What are the differences between project leader and project manager

Is there any difference between a project leader and a project manager? Is their involvement different in any aspect? What are the tasks performed by project managers? What are the tasks performed ...
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Is PMP certification an appropriate career goal for someone about to start a career in project management?

Is PMP certification a requirement for a successful career in Project Management? At which point would it be appropriate for a newly starting project manager to plan to include PMP certification?
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Strict or pragmatic Scrum?

Do you practice Scrum strictly after its rules or are you going a more pragmatic way, picking out the bits that suit you/your environment best, maybe mixing it up with other methodologies ? In other ...
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What time tracking / time management software do you use? [closed]

I made a few searches for such a question and I did not discover any. So... have you tried implementing and actively using a software that is tracking employees time spent on different assignments? ...
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Can we add more user stories to the Sprint Backlog if the requirements change during a sprint?

We are currently working on a project where we receive a lot of change requests, and the client insists that we should deliver the changes in the current sprint! Can I add the new work to the sprint ...
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Forecasting Story Points in Agile

Are there any methods to fairly estimate story points for a project before deep diving into the planning poker part. I am asking this because sometimes at project initiation it helps to know the ...
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What role is there for a PM on an Agile project?

Back before agile was everywhere, having a PM on all but the smaller projects was considered essential. Now, only the largest projects have people assigned to just in a PM capacity. I guess I have ...
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Agile “user story” for a user-less project

Disclaimer: I'm a total agile newbee. As a project manager for a pilot agile project, I am trying to create a rough sketch of my project using agile methodologies, but somehow I am not sure how to do ...
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How to handle tasks from previous Sprint on current Sprint Burn down chart

Let's say a project has 2 or more Sprints and for each sprint you are using a burn down chart to track the Sprint progress. If at the end of the first Sprint there are tasks that have been started but ...
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Discerning estimate validity

I've had experiences in the past where different developers will give different qualities of estimates--which then have to be consolidated into a single project plan--only with a twist. One ...
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What are the right conclusions to draw from the success or failure of a Sprint?

I recently encountered the opinion that, if a Sprint is successful due to statistical reasons (e.g. the team made big mistakes during planning but the team delivered its stories anyway), then that's ...
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Is there are a resource handler or gantt chart creator tool for JIRA? [closed]

I'm hoping someone has some experience on tools and/or better keywords to describe this problem: I have JIRA system for developers where they provide estimates and track time completed. The estimate ...

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